Steve Fossett is on Cloud Nine, even as he heads back to earth.
The millionaire adventurer has finally succeeded in flying solo around the world in a hot air balloon.
And a veteran state legislator decides it's time to retire.
Hazy, hot, and humid conditions once again....with still a chance for some afternoon showers and storms...I'll have your forecast...
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Workers have recovered more bodies, as they search a 20-mile-wide plane crash site in southern Germany.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Hundreds of recovery workers are searching the wreckage of two planes that collided yesterday in mid-air.
71- people lost their lives in the crash, many of them children.
Allen Pizzey has the latest from Lake Constance, Germany.
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PIZZEY ON CAM OPEN
Burning wreckage from the Russian airliner and the cargo plane fell from
the sky along with bodies. The debris was strewn over nearly 25 miles of
the German countryside around the picturesque Lake Constance area. Most
of the dead were children on their way from Moscow on the way for a
holiday in the sunshine of Spain. They were only a few hours from
landing when the crash occurred.
Initial reports said air traffic controllers repeatedly told the pilot
of the Tupolov to descend. When he finally obeyed the cargo planes
warning system apparently signaled an imminent mid-air collision and
the pilot took evasive action and the two collided.
Experts speculated that either Swiss air traffic controllers entered
incorrect data for the flight paths or one of the two planes failed to
follow the correct path.
PIZZEY ON CAM CLOSE
Two America West pilots were released on seven- thousand dollars' bond each, after being charged with attempting to fly a plane while intoxicated.
They'll be arraigned on July 22nd, and are suspended with pay while the investigation continues.
Bobbi Harley has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Hammerschmidt/Miami- Dade Police; :35]
[SUPER=01-Janice Monahan/America West Spokesperson; :55]
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Police say pilot Thomas Cloyd and co-pilot Christopher Hughes brought
attention to themselves at a security checkpoint -- when they started
arguing with workers who wouldn't let them pass through with their
coffee...a supervisor smelled alcohol and called authorities.
By the time police arrived, the pilots had already boarded the Airbus
319 and backed out of the gate...((GFX IN))...preparing to take off on
the nearly two thousand mile morning flight from Miami to Phoenix with a
hundred and twenty-four passengers on board. That's when the tower made
them turn back. ((GFX OUT))
SOT - - MAJOR MIKE HAMMERSCHMIDT/MIAMI-DADE POLICE - They were offered
to be given road-side sobriety tests standard that you would give in a
Police say not only did the pilots fail the physical sobriety tests, but
breathalyzers showed both were legally drunk in the state of Florida ...
as well as two times over the limit allowed by the F-A-A.
SOT - JANICE MONAHAN/AMERICA WEST SPOKESPERSON: If they are found to
have been intoxicated, they will be terminated.
SOT -- MAJOR MIKE HAMMERSCHMIDT/MIAMI-DADE POLICE - I've been working at
the airport four and a half years ... this is a first.
Bobbi Harley, CBS News, Miami.
The Pentagon says an errant bomb isn't responsible for the dozens of civilian deaths reported in central Afghanistan yesterday.
Officials now believe the bomb in question may have fallen in a remote or un- inhabited area.
It's still unclear what killed dozens of people who were attending a wedding party in a small village southwest of Kabul.
Witnesses say many of the dead were women and children.
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((DAVID SEDNEY/U. S. EMBASSY IN KABUL: WE DON'T KNOW THE FULL CIRCUMSTANCES OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED YET AND WE ARE WORKING VERY HARD TO FIND OUT. IN THE MEAN TIME WE WILL DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO HELP ANY ONE WHO MAY HAVE BEEN HURT OR INJURED."))
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[OUT Q=been hurt or injured.]
U-S investigators are taking reporters and Afghan government representatives to the site of the accident today.
Democratic lawmaker Madison Marye says he will not finish his current term in the state Senate.
According to published reports, 76- year- old Marye says he is stepping down this summer because of concerns about his health and his family.
Mayre has served 29 years in the General Assembly, but redistricting extended his district drastically to include portions of Northern Virginia.
Marye says he'll send a resignation letter to Governor Mark Warner this month or next.
The governor must wait until then to set a date for a special election to fill the remaining year.
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Coming up next on the newscast, the fifth time is the charm for a millionaire balloonist,
and we'll tell you why even the addition of new members couldn't seal an old rift on Roanoke City Council.
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Determined millionaire Steve Fossett finally did it--
After failing five times before, he completed a trip around the world by himself in a hot air balloon.
Drew Levinson has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Joe Ritchie/Mission Control Director;]
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Steve Fossett proved he's NOT full of hot air as he finally became the
first solo balloonist to go non-stop around the world.
13 days after he took off from Australia--the Chicago millionaire
reached Australian airspace again.
(LOCATOR: ST. LOUIS)
(NATSOUND MISSION CONTROL CLAPPING AND CONGRATULATING THEMSELVES)
While his crew members at mission control in St. Louis congratulated
themselves...the 58-year old adventurer seemed pretty calm as he spoke
to reporters by satellite-phone.
(SOT VOICE OF STEVE FOSSETT/BALLOONIST 9:47:59)
"IT HAS BEEN A LONG TRIP AND I AM REALLY GLAD TO GET ACROSS"
Fosett logged more than 19,250 miles.
Reaching altitudes of more than 30-thousand feet and speeds of more
than 200 miles an hour--Fosett made his journey in a capsule seven feet
long, five and a half feet wide and five and half feet tall. He lived on
military-like rations and used a bucket for a toilet.
Persistent and brave would be two good ways to describe Fosett.
(SOT JOE RICTCHIE/MISSION CONTROL DIRECTOR 9:45:21)
"FOR 10 YEARS NOW STEVE FOSSETT HAS BEEN WORKING, PLANNING AND TRAINING
TO FLY A BALLOON AROUND THE WORLD. HE'S MADE SIX ATTEMPTS AND HAD A
LEAST A DOZEN INCIDENTS THAT WOULD BE CATEGORIZED AS BETWEEN SCARY AND
Fossett's 1998 attempt ended with his balloon plunging 29-thousand feet
into the Coral Sea.
For the most part, this trip was uneventful--that's just what the
Now he's just relieved it's over.
(SOT FOSSETT 9:49:24)
"IT'S A NERVOUS RELEASE AND SATISFACTION BECAUSE I PUT EVERYTHING INTO
THIS, ALL OF MY EFFORTS, ALL MY SKILLS, TAKEN THE RISKS AND FINALLY
AFTER SIX FLIGHTS I SUCCEEDED."
When asked what he did when he realized he had set the record, Fosett
"YOU CAN'T DO MUCH CELEBRATING HERE, I DO HAVE FEW BOTTLES OF BUD LIGHT
BUS SAVING THAT FOR THE LANDING, NO ONE HERE TO DRINK IT HERE WITH."
Fosett will land his balloon in Australia sometime tomorrow.
Drew Levinson, CBS News.
A Roanoke man who told police he had been abducted at gunpoint has been charged with making a false report.
Michael Gene Turman said a man and a woman got into his car and ordered him to drive them around the city for an entire weekend last month.
Police now say Turman made up the story to cover his absence from home for the weekend and that he knew the man and woman who had been in his car.
With two new members, yesterday's meeting opened a new chapter for Roanoke City Council, but it also showed that the rift between the mayor and other members is alive and well.
Yesterday afternoon, Alfred Dowe took his seat on city council along with fellow Democrat Rupert Cutler.
But the organizational meeting also angered Mayor Ralph Smith, when the other members refused to go along with all of his recommendations for committee assignments.
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((RALPH SMITH/ROANOKE MAYOR: IT'S BEEN TRADITIONALLY THE ROLE OF THE MAYOR AND THE COUNCIL. I HAVE BEEN VOTING IN THE MINORITY A NUMBER OF TIMES, I UNDERSTAND THAT, BUT I THINK IT'S A DISHONOR TO THE OFFICE TO TAKE THAT PREROGATIVE AWAY FROM THE MAYOR.))
[OUT Q=away from the mayor.]
The other members of council declined to name Smith chairman of the legislative committee, as he had requested.
Members say Roanoke's mayor has never chaired council committees.
Surviving members of The Who said they were playing for the late John Entwistle last night in Los Angeles--
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The legendary rock band played its first show since Entwistle's death last Thursday.
The 57- year- old bassist died in his sleep in his Las Vegas hotel room.
Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey vowed to continue their North American tour as a tribute to Entwistle.
This isn't the first time tragedy has struck the band, which formed in the early '60s.
Drummer Keith Moon died in 1978 of a drug overdose.
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Up next on the newscast, we will see why at least one of the nation's largest electronics stores is saying ta-ta to tapes.
Then a little later, we will see how a video game is giving a boost to a Roanoke native.
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A new wave in video recording is encountering some rough seas, while some older technology is getting the boot from a major retailer.
Jody Davis has more.
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(( A FAMILIAR PRODUCT IS VANISHING FROM THE SHELVES OF CIRCUIT CITY
STORES. MOVIES ON V-H-S. THE CHAIN HAS STOPPED SELLING V-H-S MOVIES AT
SOME STORES... AND MORE WILL JOIN THEM SLOWLY BUT SURELY. CIRCUIT CITY
SAYS IT'S RESPONDING TO THE GROWING POPULARITY OF HOME D-V-D PLAYERS
BY STOCKING MORE MOVIES ON DISC.
NEW TECHNOLOGIES OFTEN INCLUDE SOME BUGS THAT NEED SHAKING OUT.
IT'S CERTAINLY TRUE FOR DVD RECORDERS. PIONEER'S DVR-7000 HAS A GLITCH
THAT COULD CAUSE IT TO STOP WORKING. PIONEER IS SENDING A SOFTWARE
PATCH TO DEALERS TO FIX THE PROBLEM. THEN THERE'S PHILIPS' NEW
C-NET REPORTS THE UNIT CUTS OFF SOME VIDEO ON
PLAYBACK. OWNERS CAN REQUEST A SYSTEM UPGRADE ON C-D FROM PHILIPS.
HEY KIDS... KIDS FROM THE 60s AND 70S, THAT IS... REMEMBER X-RAY
SPECS? SEA MONKEYS? THESE ADS WERE BUNDLED IN WITH YOUR DC, MARVEL,
AND ARCHIE COMICS... AND THEY'RE YOURS' TO RELIVE ON A VERY COOL
WEBSITE. IT'S "TOMORROW'S HEROES"... WEB ADDRESS "TOMHEROES DOT COM."
CLICK ON "COMIC BOOK ADS", AND HAVE A NOSTALGIC BALL. THE REST OF THE
SITE IS ALSO, AS WE SAID BACK IN THE DAY, NEAT-O. AND THAT'S THE WEEK
IN TECHNOTAINMENT. JODY DAVIS REPORTING.))
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 149 points. The NASDAQ has lost 45.
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Coming up next in sports- top seeded women continue to dominate on the grass courts of Wimbledon...
Plus- high school football players were sweatin' it out at the Twins Camp to get ready for the season.
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In Appalachain League baseball action last night- the Pulaski Rangers battled the Bluefield Orioles...
The site was Calfee Park.
We pick it up in the bottom of the second.
Pulaski's Jason Guy slaps a double down the right field line.
Chris Hamblen and Greg Buscher come across the plate and the Rangers led it 2-nothing.
Bluefield got a run back in the top of the third, when Tom Joyce hits a solo home run over the right field wall.
That made it a 2- to- 1 game.
The Orioles would play long ball again in the 5th.
Dustin Yount delivers another homer to right, tying the
game at 2.
Bluefield wins it, 8-5.
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The Atlanta Braves improved their record last night with a win over Montreal.
They chalked up their 11-th win in 12 games and secured their lead in the National League East to 9- and- a half games over Montreal.
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Some big name Winston Cup drivers were on hand for the game.
Michael Waltrip and Dale Jarrett showed up.
Montreal would take the early lead, when Fernando Tatis hits this three-run homer that put the Expos ahead 4-to-1 in the top of the third.
But the Braves answer with Matt Franco.
He hits his first career grand- slam in the fifth.
Franco is hitting 364 with four homers since being recalled from Triple-A Richmond May 29th.
Two high school basketball coaches have decided not to return for another season....
In Blacksburg, Bob Trear announced his retirement yesterday.
The Indians finished as the state runners-up this past season.
Trear has been a teacher and coach for the past 35 years at Blacksburg, but now he hands over the reins of the Indians' program to assistant Doug Day.
Day is a Blacksburg alum and former star at Radford.
And the team that Blacksburg beat in the state tournament this season is looking for a new head coach.
Laurel Park's Frank Scott has resigned his post at the Henry County school to become an assistant principal at Magna Vista.
Tiki and Ronde Barbers' Twins Camp attracted some local high school football players.
And with the new Hidden Valley High School set to open in the fall- some former Cave Spring players are stepping up to lead the new team.
But as Mike Stevens tells us- both schools can benefit from some teamwork.
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[SUPER=01-Brad Oliver/Hidden Valley Quarterback; :28]
[SUPER=04-Hidden Valley High School; :35]
[SUPER=01-Steve Magenbauer/Hidden Valley Head Coach; :50]
[SUPER=01-Ben Foutz/Cave Spring Head Coach; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/Cave Spring Class of 1993; 1:29]
[SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/Cave Spring Class of 1993; 1:40]
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(( The new south county high school opens in less than 60 days. The building itself is actually still ahead of schedule.
The construction of the first football team is still a work in progress.
Brad Oliver, who attended the Barbers camp, played a back-up at Cave Spring last season - this year he will be the quarterback at Hidden Valley and the only player on the roster who has ever played on a Friday night.
While Oliver and his teammates will have their own practice field they will share Bogle Field with the Knights for their seasonal games.
They also will share the task of keeping a divided community form actually splitting in half.
Had the school been built a decade ago - the Barbers would have ended up at Hidden Valley.
They understand both sides.
The two schools won't play each other until 2003. Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))
Jennifer Capriati's match will resume today after being delayed for rain and darkness.
The match resumes tied 6-1 and 3-6.
[VO-NAT wipe to #eng!!!!!!!!!!]
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Venus Williams won her 18th straight singles match at Wimbledon, routing Lisa Raymond in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals.
The two time defending champion and number one seed overpowered Raymond 6-1, 6-2 and needed just 47 minutes to win the match.
Her sister Serena and Monica Seles also advanced.
On the men's side, England's Tim Henman defeated Michel (krot-ick-vil) Kratochvil in five sets 7-6, 6-7, 4-6, 6-3 and 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals.
Henman is trying to become the first British player in 66 years to win the men's title.
A new video game is giving a native Roanoker another stint in the spotlight.
Patrick Henry alumni Tony "Atlas" White began his professional wrestling career in 1977 in the old Mid-Atlantic Wrestling circuit.
Atlas' biggest days were in the 1980's.
That is when he won the Tag Team titles with Rocky Johnson, who is better known these days as The Rock's father.
Now long time fans can relive Atlas' glory through a video game.
The new version of Acclaim's Wrestling Legends, features Atlas and many of the big names of days gone by, such as "Superfly" Snuka, King Kong Bundy, and George "The Animal" Steele.
At the age of 48, Tony Atlas is still active on the independent circuit.
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